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White House Farm - The Bamber Murders. Jan 8th ITV 9pm

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Dogleg Mon 30-Dec-19 21:04:21

Is anyone else planning to watch this six part series? I vaguely remembered the killings and on seeing this advertised have now lost hours to reading up about it online and have also downloaded a book about the case. I’m really looking forward to this one!

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IHaveBrilloHair Mon 30-Dec-19 21:06:41

Really looking forward to it too.

CoolCarrie Mon 30-Dec-19 21:19:49

I think it’s tasteless, to be honest . those poor wee boys murdered in their beds, and Bamber still saying he is innocent

CoolCarrie Mon 30-Dec-19 21:20:28

I bet the writers haven’t spoken to their father about this.

FREEM Mon 30-Dec-19 21:21:18

I was fascinated with this at the time and have followed the story
I will be watching

Dogleg Mon 30-Dec-19 21:44:37

Personally, after reading lots about the case I believe a hitman carried out the killings on the orders of JB. Hence the reason he can confidently and repeatedly maintain he didn’t do it.

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ParanoidGynodroid Tue 31-Dec-19 20:47:14

Oh I'll be watching, thanks for the heads up!

I've always found this case intriguing. I doubt if we'll end up any the wiser as to whether JB did it or not, though.

Supersimkin2 Wed 01-Jan-20 18:22:09

The facts are way more fascinating than the papers revealed at the time, hope ITV gets some of them at least in.

Far from being helpless Bambi, the doe-eyed model mother of two, Sheila (the sis Bamber blamed it on) had only just come out of hospital for symptoms of, among other things, thinking her children were the incarnation of evil. She was a drug user as well as schizophrenic.

Sheila's little boys had been discreetly removed from their mother some time ago. They were largely brought up by their father. They were on a contact visit to her and the grandparents when they were murdered, tragically.

Sheila wasn't at all well, and although mental patients are way less violent than the rest of us, her marriage had broken up after she was violent to her husband. She was still using drugs.

Mrs Bamber, the mother, was a Bible obsessive who'd also had hospital treatment for religious mania.

The Father, successful (ie inherited money) Nevill Bamber, financed a flat and allsorts for Sheila but made his son, Jeremy, work for minimum wage on the farm. He'd previously removed Jeremy from private school for failing exams. Sheila's party lifestyle was financed to the hilt.

No wonder Jeremy said he loathed them.

I think J did it, no one else could have done, but what the papers don't tell you is how awful the family were. He and Sheila were adopted, so no extended family either. He didn't have a single decent relation - no wonder the money appealed.

Supersimkin2 Wed 01-Jan-20 18:23:36

@CoolCarrie yep, the writers have consulted with Mr Cafell. He reckons J did it.

GrimDamnFanjo Wed 08-Jan-20 16:14:13

It's based on Carol Anne Lee's book who also acted as a consultant for the drama.

SinisterBumFacedCat Wed 08-Jan-20 17:21:09

It’s worth listening to this weeks RedHanded podcast, sounds like the children’s father was consulted about this drama. IMO Jeremy is guilty.

DuckWillow Wed 08-Jan-20 17:26:56

Sheila was not on drugs except what she was prescribed.

wheresmymojo Wed 08-Jan-20 17:27:49

The write up on the link makes it clear that the father of the children (Sheila's husband) was consulted and had input into the drama.

ParanoidGynodroid Wed 08-Jan-20 18:56:10

Oh, it's a drama? I thought it would be a documentary. I'll still watch it though... Be interesting to see how they fit all that information in.

I also think JB did it.

unique1986 Wed 08-Jan-20 20:07:32

How irritating is the advert for this.. Stephen Graham talking really slowly...
Why do ITV police dramas have to have characters that talk really really slowly.

bohemia14 Wed 08-Jan-20 21:25:09

I knew Jeremy Bamber slightly, and the family. I've always believed he is guilty. I hope this drama doesn't attempt to portray anything different.

I'm currently watching and blown away by how beautiful the actress playing Sheila is. I've just looked her up and it's Cressida Bonas, Prince Harry's former girlfriend. Stunning.

theweightlossone Wed 08-Jan-20 21:49:23

God it was hard to watch when they were finding the bodies.

CurlyhairedAssassin Wed 08-Jan-20 22:10:10

I absolutely detest the increasing number of TV dramas based on real life crimes where the families and person convicted of the crime are still alive. How is this right, legally? I’m no supporter of Jeremy Bamber and I have no idea whether he’s innocent or guilty, but where dramas are concerned there is too much potential for things to be presented to the audience In a different, more emotive way to how they would have been presented at court.

It’s wrong.

Honeyroar Wed 08-Jan-20 22:15:19

I wish I hadn’t read your comments, I didn’t know anything about it.

Am watching it now.

HeIenaDove Wed 08-Jan-20 22:16:48

I live in and was brought up in North Essex. I was 12 when this happened and it was all over the local and national news continuously.

Daisypod Wed 08-Jan-20 22:22:28

I love Steven Graham usually but my god what was that accent he was trying to do?!

1happyhippie Wed 08-Jan-20 22:22:59

I watched it. I have also read the book years ago.
There are a lot of people who believe bamber is innocent, he has quite a following!
Interested to see how this plays out, thought tonight’s was done well. It was hard to watch the scenes with the twins though. Awful.

Icequeen01 Wed 08-Jan-20 23:03:53

My dad was a police officer who worked on the Bamber case. I had just left home as I had got married and I remember my mum phoning as they had only been home a few hours from their holiday abroad when my dad was called straight out. I think he was either a DI or DCI at the time in Scenes of Crime (SOCO). I don’t remember a lot about it to be honest apart from my mum being lonely as I had left and my dad was hardly at home. Strangely my own DH ended up many years later as a DCI in the Major Crime Unit but in a different county and was involved in quite a few high profile murders as the SIO and it was only then I realised it what a lonely life my mum had!

Trewser Wed 08-Jan-20 23:08:05

I thought the actual case was horrible but fascinating. The first episode was boring and painfully stilted. The only good thing in it was cressida bonas who is stunning and was rather convincing. Shan't bother watching any others.

Supersimkin2 Wed 08-Jan-20 23:27:37

Sheila Cafell smoked a lot of pot and did coke, as well as being heavily tranquillised. I'm not saying I blame her, poor woman must have felt terrible, but she was no saint.

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